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So you are searching for one of the many gulf jobs available huh? Have you ever thought about working on an offshore oil rig? This is just one of many jobs available in the oil industry with no degree or four year education required. There are a lot of entry level positions on offshore oil rigs that require little more than a high school diploma or GED. That's not to say that no training is necessary. On the contrary, some intense offshore safety and hazard training is required before you can start in one of the many gulf jobs available. Most people who gain an entry level position on an offshore oil rig start out as a roustabout. A maintenance roustabout has many duties on an offshore oil rig. Consider the maintenance roustabout as the "low man on the totem pole." This is where people learn the life and routine concerning the maintenance of an offshore oil rig.

Maintenance roustabouts are responsible for things such as upkeep and general cleaning of the rig. They make sure that the deck is clean and that it remains clutter free for the safe work of the rest of the rig. This is a job to take pride in. To perform this job accurately and fully means that the rest of the work may be done safely.

Another of the responsibilities of the maintenance roustabout will be to help the painter in his duties of painting the rig. Even at an entry level position such as a maintenance roustabout, the pay is considered to be very good. You can expect to make about a minimum of $45,000 your first year on. Another benefit that people on a rig enjoy is the two weeks on and two weeks off. This is the most common work schedule. Just because you will be off for two weeks at a time, this doesn't mean that the two weeks working is going to be a "walk in the park". Far from it.

On most rigs, you will work around 84 hours per week. This is one of the toughest gulf jobs you can have, but for many, it is very much worth it. The good pay along with the two weeks off per month make it worth it for thousands of rig workers every year. Many offshore oil rig workers use their off time to make money in other areas. You could start a landscaping business, or use various other avenues to invest your off time. For many however, the two weeks off is just a much needed rest. And that as we can tell, is very understandable for these tough gulf jobs.


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